IIAS produces a wide variety of publications, such as the quarterly IIAS Newsletter and academic monographs and edited volumes. The aim of IIAS Publications Series is to promote Asia-Europe Studies. The series consists of Monographs and Edited Volumes. It includes comparative research on Europe and Asia and results from cooperation between European and Asian scholars. The International Institute for Asian Studies stimulates scholarship on Asia and is instrumental in forging research networks among Asia scholars worldwide.
Although the issue of violence against women (VAW) has received much attention, the scourge of violence in homes is far from being diminished. Though a universal phenomenon, VAW is also contextspecific. For the Focus in this issue of The Newsletter, seven scholars explore the question of family ambiguity within a comparative Asian context, especially as to how family norms and state laws in diverse national, cultural and religious settings interact to address or worsen the problem. By dealing with family ambiguity as a central critique of the domestic violence debate, they interrogate the gaps between concept, law and process.
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